The Order of St. Francis arrived in Leon in the 13th. century. The monastery of the order went through many changes until 1791 when Francisco de Rivas designed the church you can see today. The church is designed in the Neo-Classical style, with a Latin floor plan and decoration with Doric pilasters.
After the expulsion in the mid-19th century caused by the Disentailment of Mendizábal, the Capuchin friars returned to the monastery in 1882. The baroque altarpiece by Narciso and Simón Gavilán Tomé was transferred from the Cathedral the same year.